The stats of the Steamboat Ski Area speak volumes for the town’s claim as ‘Ski Town, USA’ – 165 trails, 3668ft vertical and nearly 3000 acres. With excellent powder, super fun tree runs and trails for all levels, this is the main draw for winter visitors and one of the best family skiing resorts in all of the US.

In the ski area base, there is a little village, where you can find a place to sleep, a place to eat, shops from which to buy and rent gear, and occasional live shows and music. There are runs for every level. There aren't that many greens (but plenty of easy blues). Experts may find the terrain a little tame, except for the chutes or getting rowdy in the trees.

There is a snowshoe area in the middle and race areas near the base. The area is particularly renowned for tree skiing, and the removal of saplings and fallen trees from the glades allows high-level intermediate skiers to weave through trees without the typical hazards of tree skiing.

Serious skiers will also dig a number of mogul runs on the hill, and although these runs are a virtual factory of Olympic skiers and snowboarders, you don’t have to be world class to enjoy them. Compared with its foils in the Central Mountains, the sunny north-facing slopes are generally less aggressive. Wide, well-groomed runs are ideal cruising for intermediate skiers who might be a little rusty, making this hill among Colorado’s best all-rounders.

If you're staying for a week, consider buying an Ikon Pass.

In summer check out the Steamboat Bike Park and the Outlaw Mountain Coaster.